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Sacramento-based lobbyist opposes Cargill's Saltworks project

Shaun Bishop

Daily News, 4/30/10

A Sacramento-based environmental lobbyist group sent a letter this week to Redwood City's mayor expressing its opposition to Cargill's plans for a massive development on salt ponds in the city.

The Planning and Conservation League urged the city to reject the proposal from Cargill and DMB Associates, which calls for up to 12,000 homes, 1 million square feet of office space, schools, sports fields and wetlands restoration on 1,426 acres near the Bay.

"To be sure, (the league) believes that the Bay Area must accommodate growth, but it should do so sensibly and without sacrificing opportunities to restore valuable wetlands," wrote Tina Andolina, the group's legislative director.

The group's letter to Mayor Jeff Ira claims development would strain the city's water supplies and put homes in the path of rising sea levels.

The league joins 92 current and former Bay Area elected officials who in February sent a joint letter to the city opposing the project. City councils in Belmont, Menlo Park and Atherton have also passed resolutions opposing the plans.

Ira has said the city is committed to going through an environmental review of the plans so officials can make an informed decision about the project.

Several business-oriented groups, including the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce, the Peninsula Coalition and the San Mateo County Economic Development Association, have said Cargill's plans could bring valuable housing to the Peninsula and should go through an environmental review.

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